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Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« on: November 05, 2017, 08:41:59 PM »
This topic is about the Wiig Nest, its eagles, its territory and the critters who call it home.
This is what Booni had to say about the Wiigs last year:


The Wiigs occupy the territory just to the right of Em & Dad*s.
We can see them in their perch Trees on Sandstone Point, & on the Point itself, with our webcam.
Their Nest Tree is absolutely stupendous.
You can see a bit of the back edge of it from the road, but i haven*t managed to spot it from the beach yet, nor have i found a good vantage point to see into it better than from the road, so this makes it a hard Nest to observe.


Last year this nest produced two eaglets, one of which was found on the ground before she was fully feathered. An attempt to renest her, orchestrated by MARS, failed because the huge nest tree proved too difficult to climb. The eaglet was sent to OWL for fostering.

You can read about last season, and find links to previous seasons here.


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Re: Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2017, 08:51:59 PM »
These photos are from the Community Garden. It is inland from the Wiig Nest and may be part of that pair's territory. The Brigantine eagles are not very far either. Looking at the map, these two nests are roughly equidistant from the big clearing I was standing in. Doing a little work and photographing little birds feeding on the sunflowers.

One of about 8 Spotted Towhees... Each dried-up sunflower blossom capped with snow and ice. November 3, 2 pm



Two eagles flew above the edges of the clearing, calling.
The second time they did this, I was able to photograph one of them.
Blood on the beak and feet... Huge crop.







Both eagles landed on a tree nearby. Male and female, clearly, judging by size.



They didn't stay long. Soon they both took off. There may have been a third eagle in the area, so I'm not sure if the one in my last picture is of the same pair. No blood on feet or beak and no huge crop on that one.
2:13 pm



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Re: Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2017, 09:14:25 PM »
More photos of the Towhees...

October 3, 2:15 pm















The enchanted leek forest...



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Re: Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2017, 10:53:32 PM »
So colorful, wren!   :nod2
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Re: Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2018, 09:06:19 PM »
Finally a visit to this neighbourhood.
The nest is still as hard to see as ever.
It seemed empty, and there were no sounds. But look, yes, some bits of down here and there along the edge of the nest.
Then I saw some movement... Below the nest. Away, on the water side. Just a rounded eagle back, dark feathers.
An adult, or an eaglet?

Relax and wait and watch. Finally more movement: a speckled brown tail with tassels at the end of the feathers! Eaglet!
And not just that... When the shape moved around some more, another similar shape behind it did not seem to move. Was there a second Wiiglet? Both adults sounded off a few times from a different tree, to the left, invisible from the road.

I went along further to check the Brigantine nest, and on my return the situation was the same, just a bit of brown feathers against the brown of the tree bark, impossible to spot in the photos unless you know exactly where it's supposed to be.
I went around to the shore, but nothing visible from there either. The branches are even thicker on that side, and another row of trees along the shore mostly hides the nest tree from view.
Still... Finally after a few years, at least one Wiiglet, and maybe two!


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Re: Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2018, 02:43:28 AM »
 :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: go Wiigs!

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Re: Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2018, 04:48:57 PM »
Went to visit again yesterday evening.
One Wiiglet sitting on a branch above the nest...
After half an hour of increasing restlessness he or she walked to the end of the branch, considered things for a while, then flew off to a neighbouring tree!
Photos will follow.

Meanwhile I met one of the neighbours; he hasn't seen or heard evidence of more than one eaglet, but says the adults are 'hunting like crazy', going after the Canada Geese and even the otters.

The eaglet had a full crop so at least that day there was enough food.

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Re: Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2018, 10:38:33 PM »

 :thumbup:    :eclove
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Re: Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2018, 03:29:32 AM »
good parents  :eclove

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Re: Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2018, 10:31:35 PM »
Photos from July 10. Click to enlarge.

Eaglet on a branch by the nest.
7:33 pm



Now walking out to the end of the branch. Full crop visible.
7:50



Wings out for balance.











Sitting at the end of the branch and considering.




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Re: Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2018, 03:41:27 AM »
Wingzersizing eaglet will soon fly the coop!  :thumbup:

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Re: Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2018, 06:27:29 PM »
On August 22, Booni posted here about hearing an eaglet somewhere in the Brigantine territory.
Three days later I went for a beach walk to that area, to see what I could see...
Nothing found in the Brigantine end of the beach, but one of the Wiig perches had some guests!
The Wiig eaglets usually fly fairly early, and this year was no exception. So are these visitors? Seems really early for returning eagles. This was almost 2 weeks ago.

August 25, 3:45 pm











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Re: Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2018, 06:37:28 AM »
Early birds get the worm? :mhihi :question

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Re: Wiig Nest - 2017-18 season
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2018, 07:10:33 AM »

Wow, that Eagle on the right sure looks like Mum!
One of the Wiig Eagles seems to look so much like her, so perhaps this is them.
wooohoooo!